As if dating wasn’t hard enough – you throw in a portable, typed-word machine and suddenly it’s pandemonium. Tones, intentions, invitations all get jumbled in this lawless land of shorthand communication. Suddenly the guy you’re dating’s “C u later” message means he’s dumping you when he really just wanted to let you know he’d see you at 8p.m. for Chinese food.
Oh texting, how you make things much, much more complicated than they have any right to be. I can’t tell you the hours my friends and I have spent reciting, decrypting, bemoaning, and conjuring up an honors thesis on a five-word text message.
Personally, I don’t like to be too harsh a judge on a guy’s texting style if I don’t really him. Everyone has their faults, after all. But there are some serious warning signs in the form of text messages. Below, the types of texters who warrant anything from healthy skepticism to restraining orders: Keep reading »
These days, most people use their phones for texting or as very expensive paper weights. So it makes sense that since we’re texting way more than we’re talking, we’d need to develop some extra punctuation to handle all of the little intricacies of a typing-based world. Like Mockwotations, for when you’re like “I’m totally going to do that thing that’ll never ever do, kthanksbye!” Thankfully, Mike Trapp of College Humor created a whole slew of new marks that perfectly encapsulate the needs of our irony-rich, highly truncated world. Click through to see some of our favorite marks. [College Humor]
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Today in “brilliant ideas that only exist because people are awful,” the most popular movie theater chain in the world, Cinemark, has debuted a new app to dissuade moviegoers from texting during movies. Here’s how it works: when a movie starts, people are prompted to use the Cinemark app to put their phones into “Cinemode.” The program tracks whether or not the cell phone was used during the movie; if you’re a good little girl or boy and manage to watch an entire movie without texting your friends or updating your Facebook status, you’ll be rewarded with a discount coupon for your next movie ticket. Keep reading »
One blogger believes he has just written the 10 commandments of texting. Posted on his site, Dating Advice For Men Who Love Women, dating coach Rob Judge’s “10 Best Texts To Send Hot Girls … of ALL TIME” has been “liked” by 377 people and counting. Some of his highly recommended texts include:
10. The Romantic Commando: “Haha its stormy.. wish you were here to cuddle under a blanket, drink wine and watch a Rambo movie.”
7. The Aristocrat: ”In the penthouse, sipping aged Scotch, thinking of you.”
2. The Baby Maker: ”What are you feelings on having a lovechild?”
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A few years ago, I was in LA for work and actually encountered Paris Hilton in the wild. I was at what I guess was a “hip” bar and she waltzed in with her entourage and settled in a booth at the back. She spent the entire two hours she was there texting on her Sidekick. I don’t think she made eye contact with anyone all night. That girl was clearly a texting addict! So it does not surprise me in the slightest that her new song — how excited are you?!?! — is all about texting. Keep reading »
You give good text and are proud of it. Often finding yourself heavy texting with a crush or brand new love interest, you delight in the back-and-forth repartee, the dings announcing his new message, the way that crafting witty responses keeps your brain sharp and you on your toes. When you talk to your friends, they complain that the men they’re dating text too much. “It’s not even real communication!” they exclaim. “Why don’t they ever just pick up the f**king phone and call?!” But not you. You’re happy to stick to texts for as long as possible. Far from being daunted by a guy who never picks up the phone, you’ll dodge his calls and let him go straight to voicemail so you can text him back.
If this sounds like you, you could be flirting with disaster. While it’s fun, and even sometimes downright dirty to be a master texter, it could put you at risk for these dating pitfalls, especially early on in a relationship. So let your fingers do the talking if you must, but proceed with caution. Keep reading »
Sexting is, like, so not cool. Only one percent of kids age 10 to 17 have shared naked pics of themselves, according to new data released today in the journal Pediatrics. Researchers on the APA study disputed a commonly cited piece of data which said that one in five — or 20 percent — of kids ages 14 to 24 had sexted. But that definition of “sext” had included sexy text messages without photos, as well as photos “no more revealing than what someone might see at a beach,” according to the AP. This new study asked teens — and only teens — to be more explicit about the images that they send and receive. Clearly the past inclusion of twentysomethings in the survey pool skewed the results. In fact, the younger kids are, the less likely they are to sext.
Wait, you mean America was whipped up into a frenzy over a teen sex panic that turned out to be nothing? You don’t say! Keep reading »
According to chiropractors, there’s a new ailment afflicting avid texters. Thousands are being treated for the condition known as “text neck” which is caused by the neck being flexed for too long while staring down at a smart phone — obviously an unnatural position for your neck muscles. The condition, which can result in headaches, shoulder, arm and wrist pain, most often afflicts tall, young women with slender necks. Nice, I’m “high risk.” To prevent from suffering from “text neck” doctors suggest I take regular breaks from texting (not possible) or hold the phone in front of my face while texting (looks lame). Or I could go back to talking on the phone. Not gonna happen. Guess my neck is screwed. [Daily Mail UK]